The title of this article is provocative on purpose…it should catch your attention and you should wonder if this is true. In fact, it is true, but most women do not understand that with each bite of inflammatory food that is eaten, they step closer and closer to expressing breast cancer and the misery associated with this disease.

Most any woman with concerns about breast cancer has heard of the BReast CAncer gene, refered to as BRCA. Important to know is that only about 5% of all breast cancers is thought to be caused by a BRCA gene mutation. What about the other 95%?

BRCA is a breast cancer suppressor protein, so you should understand that the gene mutation is one that is associated with less BRCA activity. It turns out that the average American diet functions to inhibit the BRCA gene from working properly, which means that many women have what could be called a functional BRCA mutation.

A key substance that inhibits BRCA is called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which comes from a dietary omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid. We get arachidonic acid directly in grain-fed animals, which includes, meat, chicken, and fish. The human body also makes arachidonic acid from linoleic acid, which is another dietary omega-6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid is found in the many omega-6 oils, including those from corn, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, peanuts, and soybeans. Approximately 20% of the average American diet come from omega-6 oil calories, such as deep fried foods and packaged foods. Another source are nuts that are roasted in these oils.

Our bodies convert the linoleic acid we eat into arachidonic acid, which then gets converted into prostaglandin E2. You should know that PGE2 has many functions, and without PGE2 we could not live. The problem is when we make too much PGE2, which is the case for the average American. We eat too much arachidonic acid in grain-fed meat, chicken, and fish, and we eat too much of the omega-6 oils, which leads to too much PGE2 in the body.

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Dr. Seaman provides entertaining presentations that are highly educational about current health care issues. He can tailor the information to suit the needs of any audience ranging from students in 3rd grade, to television audiences, to small or large organizations, to doctors in grand round presentations.

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